Giving “Insanity” a Whole New Meaning

This is from The Wall Street Journal:

woman-scaredInside the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sits an agency whose assignment since its creation in 1992 has been to reduce the impact of mental illness and target services to the “people most in need.” Instead the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, known as Samhsa, uses its $3.6 billion annual budget to undermine treatment for severe mental disorders…

For instance, Samhsa’s Guide to Mental Illness Awareness Week suggests schools invite as speakers such radical organizations as MindFreedom, which rejects the existence of mental illness and stages “human rights” campaigns against drug treatment and commitments. Or the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery, which “holds that psychiatric labeling is a pseudoscientific practice of limited value in helping people recover.”

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  1. Anne says:

    Wow, this is shocking. How can an agency tasked with targeting mental health services lend credibility to organizations that dispute the validity of mental health diagnoses? Talk about “crazy”!

  2. Kellogg says:

    Insanity = logical fallacy, as far as I concern.

  3. Steve says:

    “Samhsa’s Guide to Mental Illness Awareness Week suggests schools invite as speakers such radical organizations as MindFreedom, which rejects the existence of mental illness and stages “human rights” campaigns against drug treatment and commitments”

    I’m sorry, what?

  4. Margaret Lauer says:

    This is a scary revelation and actually quite sad. Coming from a history of mental illness, along with having family members who also have mental health issues, I know for a fact that mental illness is not a “social construct.” Seeking treatment can be life altering and greatly improve quality of life, just as being treated for asthma would.

  5. Mary says:

    “psychiatric labeling is a pseudoscientific practice of limited value in helping people recover” — Right. That’s what it is. Not science. It’s “pseudoscience”

    • Steve says:

      I know! When will people stop denying science? Especially about something so important?

      • Mary says:

        Those millions of affected people – making it up. It’s only because we label them as having a problem that they have a problem.

        • Lacey says:

          It’s like with depression – it’s a chemical imbalance in your brain. Not just feeling sad. It isn’t something people make up.

      • Cyrus says:

        Doubts generate science

  6. Buster says:

    There are academics in the world who have views that are very far removed from ordinary Americans. These academics look down on the views of ordinary Americans. What is shameful is that it’s taxpayers who make it all possible. Without public funding, the academics and medical nutcases wouldn’t have a voice.

  7. Sarah says:

    “MindFreedom, which rejects the existence of mental illness…”

    Sounds like MindFreedom is suffering a serious case of denial.